Okanagan Valley Wine

 

The Okanagan Valley is the most productive viticultural area of British Columbia in Canada. Once Canada was settled in the early 1800s, much of the country resigned itself to growing labrusca varietals such as Baco Noir, Concord and Seyval Blanc, which were resilient to the extremes in weather, but not so instantly endearing to the palate. However, many wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley, some of which has a comparably warmer, drier climate, persisted with vinifera vines until they found those most suitable to the growing conditions. In the mid-20th century, once modern techniques came into practice, most labrusca was pulled in favor of the more marketable vinifera
 
The Okanagan Valley has an array of microclimates and soil types. The area to the south in the Osoyoos subregion is considerably warm and arid, with dessert-like conditions in some areas and low rainfall. To the north in Kelowna, it’s much cooler and wetter. The south is sandy and rocky while the north is a Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Mission

    The Mission or Pais grape was the first Vitis vinifera vine planted in North America. From 1697 until well into the 1...

Subregions of Okanagan Valley

Popular Wineries in Okanagan Valley View all

  • Joie

    In the fall of 2002 we purchased a beautiful 5 acre farm on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Va...

  • Sandhill Winery

    Working with single vineyards is about showing off the lineage of the wines. With vineyard design...

  • Jackson-Triggs Vintners

    Jackson-Triggs has a long history of supporting vital, community-based organizations with part...

  • Mission Hill Winery

    Mission Hill Family Estate, a modern take on old-world architecture, is one of the most impressiv...

  • Poplar Grove Winery

    Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery, where the most important asset was a shar...

  • Summerhill Pyramid Winery

    Summerhill ages barrels and finished wines in a geometrically precise Pyramid. Built with no ferr...

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Okanagan Valley on Snooth

  • Fern Walk Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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    This clean, refreshing wine from the Mark Anthony Group in Vancouver (sourced from the Okanagan Valley) is a lightly scented Sauvignon Blanc with slight grass notes and wet granite on the nose. Flavour tends to pear and kiwi with a certain spring water purity. Not punching with typical NZ Sauvignon Blanc weight, but reflective of the Okanagan ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Oh man!  I don't think I have it in me tonight!  Had to beat the drywallers to make some changes to a gas system I put in a couple weeks ago, then go elsewhere and cut into a 4" cast iron plumbing stack to put in a fitting to receive a pump discharge, but the spot was impossible.  I know my boss was probably snickering when he looked at it for t... Read More

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  • Desert Hills Estate Winery Syrah Three Boys Vineyard 2009

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    Initially, this quite well-regarded wine had quite a whiff of oak on the nose which quickly dissipated leaving a deep blackberry, cherry and cola scent Flavours follow in lock-step with good fruit and a touch of chocolate (for the vintage, which is superior for the region) but just a tad too much wood for my taste .The finish is medium to short... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Pinot Gris 2014

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    The 2014 BM Pinot Gris picks up where the 2013 left off...with a soft, slightly spicy nose of acidic green fruit such as gooseberry and kiwi. The entry is soft and elegant - almost creamy in texture - with gentle vanilla (oak) notes and apple-pear fruitiness. This is a very refined, slightly muted wine... perfect for seafood or white sauce past... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Culmina Hypothesis 2011

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    The 2011 Culmina is quite a surprise - there is a certain mute element on the nose (slightly closed) but with lightweight cassis. The entry is quite light in body, but with light, attractive tannin and demi-sec blackberry flavors. The wine is clean, pure and promises even better results down the line. Tastes like a St.-Estephe wine... Pricy, b... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Lock & Worth Winery Square One 2013

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    What strikes me most about the best British Columbia wines is their purity; this Cabernet Franc is slightly muted on the nose (it is a serious, yet young wine), but has inviting scents of Western Red Cedar and blackberry without the green bell pepper. The entry is smooth, with cassis, Central American coffee and a hint of tannin. Finish is long... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013

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    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Township 7 Merlot 2012

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    This Merlot sourced from the Okanagan but marketed at the Langley BC Vineyard and Tasting facility (Fraser Valley) is a consistently decent red: there are black cherry and chocolate notes on the nose with rich, smooth cherry vanilla flavours on the palate. Tastes like a decent Bordeaux Superieur just up from the Palus. This is the best quality ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Cbs Coyote Bowl Series Chardonnay 2013

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    This edition of the CBS Chardonnay from Church & State has some apple, molten sugar, lignin elements and vanilla spice poking through on the nose. On entry, there is a fairly hefty dose of wood (partially barrel fermented, I think, in French Oak) which seems to overpower the gentle Okanagan fruit just a tad. Toasty tannins might be dialed back... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Church & State Wines Coyote Bowl Series Viognier 2014

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    Another great wine from the CBS label at Church & State, this Viognier is redolent of tropical fruit and Arabian spices on the nose while filled with hop-like warmth and viscous, semi-sweet Valencia Orange and tropical honey on the palate. Rich and open (almost Australian), this will please many and should be good with San Francisco-style Chines... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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  • All the wines are great, but I like the white ones the most. Riesling and Gewuertztraminer are my favourites.

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  • I love this wine. It is fresh not clouded by oldworld ideas.

    Comment by 374932Schinderhannes 374932 Schinderhannes


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